PBS Annual Meetings 2019: Breakout Sessions
PBS welcomes your Annual Meeting Breakout Session submissions.Based on attendee feedback and lessons learned from prior Annual Meetings, this year’s line-up will include a curated list of sessions produced by PBS member stations, PBS employees, and other public media organizations. Should time permit, some of the most popular sessions (as voted on by the public media system) will be repeated.
We have space and time for up to 32 Breakout Sessions. There are 4 one-hour time periods and 8 individual rooms. Some of the most popular sessions may be repeated to give more people an opportunity to attend.
How many Breakout Sessions are available?
- Wednesday, 5/29/19 (two 1-hour time periods)
- Thursday, 5/30/19 (two 1-hour time periods)
This year, the Networking Meet-Up sessions will take place on the first day of the conference and will happen simultaneously in one or more rooms. Similar topics may be combined to maximize space. The number of Meet-Ups will be limited to the space available.
How many Networking Meet-Up Sessions are available?
- Wednesday, 5/29/19 (one 45-minute time period)
Breakout sessions are 60-minutes long, organized around a particular topic, designed to share knowledge, or help you develop professionally. Breakouts usually have a scheduled line-up of presenters, panelists, or facilitators and often follow a set agenda. Breakouts are held in individual rooms and include A/V support. There are four time periods scheduled for Breakout Sessions (see above).
What’s the difference between a Breakout session and a Networking Meet-up session?
Networking Meet-Up sessions are 45-minutes long, organized around a particular topic, designed for networking, information sharing, conversation, and discussion. Networking Meet-Up Sessions require a facilitator. Sessions may be held simultaneously at different tables in the same large room or scheduled in individual rooms (to be determined based on available space). There may be no A/V support available. There is one time period scheduled for Networking Meet-up sessions (Wednesday, 5/29/19).
Click here (https://goo.gl/z5vcnj) to see a list of questions from the submission form. This list is for reference only. Please use the online form to submit your session proposals.
What questions are asked on the submission form?
Topics suggested by attendees who completed the 2018 PBS Annual Meeting Survey are listed here: https://goo.gl/A8MV4M. Prior to submitting a proposal, please also consider:
What should potential session producers consider when submitting a proposal?
- Sessions should be station-focused and include station voices and perspectives. Some of the most successful and popular sessions bring together staff from different stations sharing their best practices, next practices, success stories, and lessons learned.
- When thinking about your “key takeaways,” what are the most important things to remember from your session? What will your attendees learn and what should they take back to their station colleagues?
- Consider how attendees will use this information, especially at smaller stations where employees perform many different job functions. Cross-station and cross-discipline collaborations are highly encouraged!
- How will you build in elements that make the sessions interactive and engaging? How will you encourage attendees’ participation? Tip: we’re looking for more than 10 minutes of Q&A at the end.
- How is your event, process, project, or campaign scalable for larger and smaller stations? How is it scalable for larger and smaller budgets?
- Based on feedback from previous Annual Meetings, the number of speakers (including the facilitator/moderator) is strictly limited to 5 people.
- Lectures and speeches are strongly discouraged!
What is the timeline for this process?
|11/15/18||Request for breakout session proposals announced; intake form open|
|11/28/18||Webinar regarding submission process, timeline, and selection criteria|
|12/11/18||Webinar regarding submission process, timeline, and selection criteria|
|12/14/18||Deadline to submit breakout session proposals; intake form closes at 11:59 pm ET|
|1/7/19 – 1/11/19||Online voting open for 5 days; all are welcome to vote for their favorite sessions|
|2/15/19||All submitters will be notified of the status of their proposed session|
|3/1/19 – 3/29/19||Strategy meetings with session producers to work through details of the sessions|
|3/29/19||Deadline for session producers to submit final titles, descriptions, and speakers|
Online voting will help the planning team determine the most popular sessions; some of those sessions may be repeated. Your vote counts! Only 1 vote per IP address is permitted. Voters may vote for their favorite session in each voting category. Voting may inform the selection decision but will not determine the final line-up of Breakout Sessions. The Annual Meeting planning committee – with guidance from the PBS Senior Management Team – will determine the final list of breakout sessions.
Why should I vote for my favorite sessions?
How do I sign up for a webinar?
|11/28/18, 4:00pmET||Register here:https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2130111758738759682|
|12/11/18, 4:00pmET||Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3034649188584504578|
Where do I submit my proposal?
- To submit a Breakout Session, click here: https://goo.gl/forms/wKx9PO6ygmg1CVYJ3
- To suggest a topic for Networking Meet-ups, click here: https://goo.gl/forms/zYx9gnNfQGOk1fRF2
- To view a list of Networking Meet-up submissions, click here: https://goo.gl/XFy2dR
Who should I contact with questions?
PBS Station Services